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Yangyang (양양) is in Gangwon. It is a name of a small town and of a bigger county of which it is the capital.

Understand[edit]

Yangyang is a small coastal town (population: ~30,000) and a county in the very north east of South Korea in Gangwon province.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

By bus[edit]

A number of buses leave from Seoul Express Bus Terminal daily, headed for Yangyang or Sokcho. Travel time on the tickets says 2 hours, but 3½-4 hours is more realistic (depending on traffic and weather conditions).

When buying a return ticket, this paper ticket might work only for the Seoul/Yangyang leg. Before departure back to Seoul, the ticket would then need to be exchanged at Yangyang Intercity Bus Terminal. (August 2020)

There are a few local buses (Line 9) that make the trip between the Yangyang bus station and the Naksan beach area, but they leave infrequently. A taxi ride for that trip takes around 5 minutes and costs around ₩8,000. (August 2020).

Get around[edit]

See[edit]

  • Naksansa (낙산사). Possibly the main draw of Yangyang besides the ocean. Beautiful temple area with both mountain and ocean views. Open daily (in the summer it closes around 6 pm - might be different in other seasons). 4,000 KRW entry fee.
  • Naksan Beach (낙산 Beach). Yangyang's main beach with swimming opportunities and parasol rental.
  • Hajodae Beach (하조대해수욕장), Hyeonbuk-myeon, Yangyang-gun, Gangwon-do 강원 양양군 현북면. A 1.5-km-long beach with fine, white sand.
  • Yangyang Airport. South Korea spent a great deal of money building airports all over the country. Yangyang airport is probably the best example of this, having an infamous reputation of being a fully functional international airport with hardly any flights at all.

Do[edit]

  • Song-i Festival (Pine Mushroom Festival). Early October, for five day. Song-i mushrooms are known as the golden mushrooms, diamonds of the forest and mysterious spiritual beings. The Song-i Mushroom Festival is an opportunity to observe the habitat of song-i mushrooms that are strictly monitored. Anyone can enjoy the mysteriousness of these delicious pine mushrooms, but reservations should be made in advance.
  • Yangyang Salmon Festival. Early November, for two days. This festival is held in the fresh waters of Namdaecheon, the biggest Korean river up which salmon swim. Apart from a good look at the natural ecosystem, there are various events such as catching salmon with bare hands, regular salmon fishing, and running with salmon.

Buy[edit]

The gift store at Naksansa temple has some nice or interesting souvenirs.

And in the town there are several shops and stalls selling dried fish, squid, ...

Eat[edit]

The line of restaurants along Naksan Beach mostly offer dishes with raw fish. For solo travellers, Hoe-deop-bap (회덮밥) is a good meal choice.

In the street Naksan-sa-ro (낙산사로), also nearby, the focus is more on baked/grilled fish. If looking for a vegetarian main dish, quite delicious Deodeok-gui (더덕구이) can be found here, too.

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

It feels like the Naksan area of Yangyang consists almost entirely of "motels", all not-so-cheap with mediocre quality. If Korean is not a problem, it might be best to check out Korean websites and compare to find the best deal.

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